It’s official: We’re heading into a new year. And you know what that means, right? Resolutions! Unfortunately, most resolutions are doomed to fail. So let’s make this a little simpler and just focus on something that can benefit all of us: better health.
According to statistics, we could use some healthier habits in 2015 and beyond:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes around 10 percent of Americans are depressed.
- The Food Research and Action Center says nearly 70 percent of us are overweight or obese.
- Plenty of people in the United States are sleep deprived, and that’s leading to serious issues, suggests the CDC.
The good news is that there are ten fast, natural ways to get yourself to a healthier state of mind and body that aren’t hard to implement and you can apply right away.
1. Get Your Zzzzs
Are you snoozing for eight hours a night? Or do you fall way short of that amount? The trick may be to set a bedtime and stick with it. Sure, that can be difficult at first, but once you get used to it, you’ll find it easier to get a good night’s sleep.
2. Drink Up
Nope, we’re not talking about alcohol or caffeinated beverages. We’re talking about good old H2O. Most people aren’t drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, and you have about a fifty-fifty chance of being one of them. If you can’t remember to drink it, keep a water bottle with you at all times. It’ll be the first thing you see when you get parched.
3. Start Moving
Most of us sit all day on our rear ends and then wonder why we have expanding waistlines and bottoms. Make it a point to stand up and walk around during worktime, and don’t just come home after the office and park it on the couch.
4. Be Less Inclined to Sweetness
Sugar. It may make things taste awesome, but it’s hurting your chances of healthiness in 2015. While you might not want to totally remove it from your diet, it never hurts to eat less. Your taste buds will adjust faster than you can say “marshmallow treats.”
5. Go to the Doctor
Has it been a while since you’ve seen your primary care physician? Even if you’re feeling great, make it a point to visit him or her at least once this year for a physical. That way, you can rule out — or deal with — any untreated conditions that may be creeping up on you, ready to strike.
6. Turn Away from Texting
We habitually have our phones on us 24/7, but they’re making us stressed out! Instead of giving in to the temptation to text and browse the ‘net, turn off your phone, or at least put it aside on a regular basis. This will give you a mental health break.
7. Read a Book
Reading is essential, and we all know it. But many adults haven’t read a book for pleasure in a long time. You don’t even have to spend any money to get a good read — just visit your nearest public library.
8. Go Outside
When was the last time you just went outside to enjoy your natural surroundings? It turns out that sunshine is filled with vitamin D, and can also help improve your mood. A brisk 15-minute walk could mean the difference between a dull day and one that’s filled with promise.
9. Do Something Nice
Doing something for others often makes us feel great. Plus, it has the benefit of making the other people’s lives a little better. Whether you volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate your unwanted clothing to a charity, you’ll be making the world a brighter place.
10. Learn Something New
Don’t worry — you don’t have to learn Korean or how to make a soufflé that doesn’t collapse. Just try something you’ve wanted to know more about. Bonus: Learn with a friend for lasting memories and laughter!
Have fun exploring 2015 and allowing yourself to grow in all the right ways!
Photo: Sandeep Pawar